‘Buy-bust’ to arrest

A Williamsburg woman was arrested Thursday afternoon on multiple drug trafficking charges after officers with the Middlesboro Police Department conducted a “buy-bust” drug investigation.

According to the release, Kelly Goodin, 42, was charged with seven counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and five counts of third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. Goodin was arrested at the Fords Woods Park in Middlesboro at approximately 3:15 p.m.

Goodin is the administrator of Mountain View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Pineville.

MPD Lt. Tom Busic said he was told when a person either leaves the nursing, has a change in a prescription or passes away, the medication they were on are supposed to be disposed of by the regulations the facility is mandated to follow.

“From our investigation our information leads us to believe the drugs seized were earmarked for destruction or disposal from the nursing home,” Busic said.

MPD Det. Joe Holder and Officer Barry Cowan arranged an undercover purchase after receiving information about a suspected drug trafficker. The meet was set for the lower parking area at Fords Woods. The deal was recorded and marked MPD cash was used while Holder and Cowan observed the transaction from a concealed location. While the officers were securing the purchase evidence, Busic stopped Goodin as she drove away from the scene. The MPD money was seized and a substantial amount of prescription drugs were taken into evidence from the buyer. The drugs included oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl, morphine, lorazepam, clonazepam, and others. A total of 549 pills, 13 patches and one bottle of liquid morphine were seized.

Goodin is lodged in the Bell County Detention Center and appeared for arraignment before Judge Robert Yoakum in Bell District Court on Friday.

Her bond was set at 10 percent of $20,000, and has since been released.

The investigation is continuing and other charges may follow after consultation with federal authorities.

Reach Reina P. Cunningham at 606-302-9091 or on Twitter @ReinaDailyNews.

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